Head Coach George Quintero is considered one of the most influential people in youth basketball. With a simple but intense practical approach to the game, he coaches and counsels every one of his players to be exceptional “athletes.” George has coached elite-level youth and high-school club/AAU basketball across Southern California for 35+ years. His distinguished career has produced hundreds of NCAA Division I athletes and professional players across the globe.
George began his coaching career in 1985 at Santa Monica High School, where he dedicated six seasons as a boys coach for the power house program. In 1987, the program captured the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship. In 2002, George lead Los Angeles Marlborough School to its first CIF championships in school history.
In 1993, Quintero founded Westside Basketball Club (WBC) in Santa Monica, which for 20+ years was one of the most well respected youth basketball programs in California. In 2003, he established California Finest and the team became a powerhouse on the national scene, producing four McDonalds All Americans.
In total, George has personally trained and developed over 16 McDonald All-Americans.
In 2006, George was named coach of a Nike-sponsored club basketball programs and he currently is one of the directors for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).
His detailed player development approach to coaching and guiding athletes has become the cornerstone of success and national reputation.
He has built a brand that is unparalleled on the Club/AAU space.
A 2004 Cathedral City High School graduate, where he played basketball and ran track, in which he still holds school records for both. Coach Towner is entering his 3rd season as boys varsity basketball head coach. Prior to taking on his first head coaching job at Shadow Hills, Coach Towner coached at PSHS under Dennis Zink as a varsity assistant where they won six straight league titles and went as far as the semi-finals in CIF playoffs. Coach Towner was also the head freshman coach where he went 64-2 in three years, winning the Max Preps Winter Classic in the JV division two out of three years (as a freshman team).
In Coach Towner's first two seasons at Shadow Hills, the Knights have a combined record of 49-13 (.790). Coach Towner's first year, his team took second in DEL and made it past the first round of playoffs which was a school record. This past season Coach Towner and the Knights made history! Winning their first DEL league title and also becoming CIF-SS 3A CHAMPIONS which was also a first for Shadow Hills.
During that incredible journey the boys were featured on ESPN for top 10 plays, ranked 49th in CA, ranked 26th in southern CA, ranked 15th in division 3, and ranked 1st in Division 3A. While accomplishing these goals Coach Towner challenged his Knights to maintain at least a 3.30-3.50 GPA. Education is first, basketball is second, because if you don’t have the grades the colleges won’t take you. Coach Towner believes in running a very disciplined program but yet making sure the Knights are having fun while doing so. Coach Towner was named Coach of the Year, back to back at Shadow Hills. In his CIF-SS Championship season he was named DEL Coach of the Year, Citrus Belt Coach of the Year, and CIF-SS 3A Coach of the Year with Dominic Escobar being named CIF-SS 3A Player of the Year and Cord Stansberry CIF-SS 3A All First Team. In coach Towner's first two years he’s had multiple players named All DEL First and Second Team.